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Forum: Software 10 May 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 5,505
Posted By techcal
For paid, I'd suggest Diskeeper Pro. Has a great...

For paid, I'd suggest Diskeeper Pro. Has a great feature set and performance.
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 18 Apr 2011
Replies: 27
Views: 3,443
Posted By techcal
Well, the MS defrag is better than no defrag, and...

Well, the MS defrag is better than no defrag, and you should definitely defrag your drives regularly for the best disk performance. Personally I prefer automatic defraggers (I used a paid one) with...
Forum: Software 04 Mar 2011
Replies: 64
Views: 37,293
Posted By techcal
I like Diskeeper 2010..fast, effective, fully...

I like Diskeeper 2010..fast, effective, fully automatic and also prevents most fragmentation.

Second choice would be the windows defragger itself, which IMHO is better than other freeware...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 22 Feb 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 11,128
Posted By techcal
AFAIK, historically the 15% free disk space...

AFAIK, historically the 15% free disk space 'rule' came about mainly for two reasons:

1. Approx. 13% of the drive space is pre-allocated to the MFT which is the single most critical file on any...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 09 Feb 2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,029
Posted By techcal
Nope it's not likely to be related to RAM (also,...

Nope it's not likely to be related to RAM (also, while 4GB would be nice, 2GB is reasonable for 32 bit windows) or hard drive space.

Check and update or rollback Wifi adapter drivers on the...
Forum: Graphic Cards 09 Feb 2011
Replies: 11
Views: 11,826
Posted By techcal
I am also no O/Cing expert, but I second the...

I am also no O/Cing expert, but I second the overheating theory.
Another cause could also be insufficient power; maybe the motherboard is not designed to feed more than the 'normal' maximum power to...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 09 Feb 2011
Replies: 48
Views: 10,270
Posted By techcal
Many years ago, I used a registry cleaner on...

Many years ago, I used a registry cleaner on XP..nuked my system completely.
Since then, I've avoided registry cleaners like the plague, and I have seen no benefit from it when my friends use it on...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 12 Jan 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,676
Posted By techcal
That explains it. Thank you very...

That explains it.

Thank you very much.[/QUOTE]

Actually, even the default XP utility defrags immediately when you click on 'Defrag'. It's manual defrag behavior is no different from 7's...both...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 28 Dec 2010
Replies: 13
Views: 6,335
Posted By techcal
Yeah, the hibernate file can grow to a large...

Yeah, the hibernate file can grow to a large size, and if it fragments, the Windows defragger cannot defrag it... you'll need to turn hibernate off and back again (delete the file).

Reg the defrag...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 26 Nov 2010
Replies: 25
Views: 3,320
Posted By techcal
^ is what I prefer. Has all the bells and...

^ is what I prefer. Has all the bells and whistles and great performance: defrags quickly and quietly in the background without trouble. The latest version also has fragmentation prevention features....
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 27 Oct 2010
Replies: 21
Views: 5,004
Posted By techcal
You don't really 'gain' any free space from...

You don't really 'gain' any free space from defragging; a defrag only rearranges file fragments to make them contiguous (well, you may gain tiny bit of space if the drive was highly fragmented...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 25 Oct 2010
Replies: 18
Views: 3,451
Posted By techcal
Windows defragger lags the commercial utilities...

Windows defragger lags the commercial utilities in some areas like speed, flexibility/customization, GUI and the 'deepness' of the defrag. So those who place a premium on these features often prefer...
Forum: Gaming 25 Oct 2010
Replies: 73
Views: 8,297
Posted By techcal
Games I currently own (purchased post-2005) ...

Games I currently own (purchased post-2005)

Battlefield Bad Company 2
FarCry
FarCry2
Dragon Age origins
Oblivion
Fallout 3
Crysis
Grid
Forum: Browsers & Mail 25 Oct 2010
Replies: 25
Views: 2,635
Posted By techcal
Nice. I've been using Opera as my primary browser...

Nice. I've been using Opera as my primary browser since about 2001, and really never felt the need for extensions. Opera has pretty much everything I need out of the box itself, but it would be...
Forum: General Discussion 18 Oct 2010
Replies: 26
Views: 2,865
Posted By techcal
I agree..CCleaner rocks for disk cleanup*, and...

I agree..CCleaner rocks for disk cleanup*, and gives you plenty of options wrt deletion and exclusion. Even before final deletion, it gives you a list of items marked for deletion. Anyway, I've never...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 14 Oct 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 6,567
Posted By techcal
Ah well, I don't remember what exactly it was...

Ah well, I don't remember what exactly it was that damaged my XP install a few years...all I can remember is that it had a 'reg' as part of the name and it was one of the more 'popular' registry...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 11 Oct 2010
Replies: 34
Views: 6,567
Posted By techcal
I never use registry cleaners of any sort. Had a...

I never use registry cleaners of any sort. Had a real bad experience when I tried one and it nuked my XP system a few years ago. Luckily had an external backup image to restore from, otherwise it...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 11 Oct 2010
Replies: 10
Views: 3,036
Posted By techcal
^That's right, Windows should automatically page...

^That's right, Windows should automatically page to the drive if it's running low on free system RAM.

To the OP: what are your system specs? Are you sure you don't have anything else running in...
Forum: BSOD Help and Support 29 Sep 2010
Replies: 28
Views: 2,923
Posted By techcal
Do you know which are the fragmented files? That...

Do you know which are the fragmented files? That would help narrow down the problem IMHO. The windows defragger is unable to defrag several system files and large files (if free space is low), but...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 23 Sep 2010
Replies: 12
Views: 8,253
Posted By techcal
If you've already run chkdsk ( with the /r switch...

If you've already run chkdsk ( with the /r switch hopefully) on the filesystem and there is no improvement, then the HDD may have a physical problem. Worth running the HDD diagnostic utilities...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 15 Sep 2010
Replies: 22
Views: 9,414
Posted By techcal
SSDs don't need conventional defrag since...

SSDs don't need conventional defrag since fragmentation does not affect sequential read/write and random read times. Infact unnecessary/inefficient defrag can use up read/write cycles of the SSD cell...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 02 Sep 2010
Replies: 36
Views: 8,230
Posted By techcal
IMHO, the 7 defrag is a step up from the horrible...

IMHO, the 7 defrag is a step up from the horrible mess that was the Vista defragger but still lags well behind the better third party utilities in speed, thoroughness of defrag,...
Forum: Software 12 Jul 2010
Replies: 12
Views: 5,546
Posted By techcal
Well, the native defragger lacks the ability to...

Well, the native defragger lacks the ability to defrag system files, needs 15% or more disk space to defrag, is quite slow, lacks a drive map and does not have the fragmentation prevention...
Forum: Performance & Maintenance 11 May 2010
Replies: 12
Views: 15,938
Posted By techcal
frequency

The defrag frequency really depends on the file activity on the system, so it'll vary from person to person. I simply leave my defrag utility (Diskeeper 2010) on 'auto' so it does its stuff in the...
Forum: Music, Pictures & Video 07 May 2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,896
Posted By techcal
WinDVD/PowerDVD and other apps that access the...

WinDVD/PowerDVD and other apps that access the optical drive are generally slower than most other apps when you start them up. Is there a cd/dvd in your optical drive? If so, remove it and see if...
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